I still haven’t got a chance to read much about the election in Zimbabwe, but just scanning the headlines yesterday, I was puzzled: “Zimbabwe Ruling Party Wins Majority” (CNN)? “Mugabe’s Party Wins Majority in Zimbabwe” (NYT)? Those make it sound like Mugabe won things fair and square, and that can’t be right, can it?
It turns out no, the election was almost certainly crooked, and the news articles said so — but their headlines, inexplicably, did not. Suzanne Nossel has “much more”:http://www.democracyarsenal.org/2005/04/mugabe_rex.html on the issue. Via “Matthew Yglesias”:http://yglesias.typepad.com/matthew/.